Our Team

Our Team

Professional Development Coordinator

Peggy Pitts

Peggy is the program coordinator for UTeach Science Regional Collaborative, which partners with the Texas Regional Collaborative to bring inquiry-based Instruction to in-service K-8 teachers serving local school districts. Before joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2012, Peggy taught fifth grade math in Lewisville Independent School District and ran a summer program for at risk students. email address - pitts@uteach.utexas.edu

Online Professional Develoment Coordinator

Kelli Allen

Kelli began her career as a secondary science teacher in Kansas after graduating from Pittsburg State University with a master’s degree in biology and a bachelor’s degree in biology education. While in Kansas, she became a National Board Certified Teacher was nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award. Kelli joined UTeach in 2007, and one of her roles as a Master Teacher is to coordinate the induction program for new teachers. She has facilitated numerous online professional development courses for teachers across the country on topics such as flipped classrooms, classroom management, differentiated instruction, and technology integration. Learn more about Kelli

Professional Develoment Facilitators

Denise Ekberg

Denise joined the UTeach team as a Master Teacher in 2006 after serving as a high school science teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana, since 1990. Denise has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and a master’s in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Her background includes training students and teachers of AP Chemistry, working with teachers to implement project-based instruction, and working with students to design research projects. Denise received the Outstanding Chemistry Teacher Award from the regional section of the American Chemical Society in 2003 and earned the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in 2002 and 2006. Learn more about Denise.

Daniel FitzPatrick

Daniel is a Master Teacher with the UTeach program at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his undergraduate and his master’s degree in mathematics from the UTeach program, and was the R.L. Moore Award winner for outstanding mathematics lesson in 2009. Daniel previously taught mathematics in high school and middle school settings in Austin, Texas, as well as internationally. He has extensive knowledge in implementing technology into primary and secondary classrooms, especially using dynamic software for mathematics instruction and the using of mobile technology to implement inquiry-based lessons and assessment strategies. Learn more about Daniel.

Lynn Kirby

Lynn was a middle school science teacher in Austin, Texas, for 16 years prior to joining UTeach in 2006 as a Master Teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in social justice and education from St. Edward’s University. Lynn has been an integral member of several projects, including Sally Ride Science and the Environmental Science Institute, as well as a writer and test developer for Laying the Foundations from the College Board. She was awarded secondary teacher of the year from the Austin Area Gifted and Talented Association. Her areas of expertise are environmental science, Pre-AP strategies, motivating reluctant learners, and implementing mobile technology in constructivist teaching. Learn more about Lynn.

Pamela Powell

Pam has been a UTeach Master Teacher at The University of Texas at Austin since 2001. She has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught mathematics at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels in the Austin area since 1993. In addition to her expertise in mathematics instruction, Pamela has extensive experience working with apprentice teachers and teachers new to the profession. She has spent many years working with classroom teachers to implement inquiry-based learning, the 5E lesson cycle, and mathematics as problem solving. Learn more about Pamela.

Shelly R. Rodriguez

Shelly has been a Master Teacher with the UTeach Austin program since 2008 and holds a PhD in Science Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UTeach, Shelly was a science teacher at Crockett High School in Austin ISD and received, or was nominated for, several teaching awards. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was awarded the Outstanding Paper Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in 2012 . Shelly’s areas of expertise include facilitating professional learning communities, differentiated instruction, sheltered instruction, engineering education, cross cutting practices of the Next Generation Science Standards, and inquiry-based learning in science. Learn more about Shelly